Right now, I’m still dabbling in different genres of writing. But my primary focus is my website, Eloquently Penned. At heart, I’m a compassionate, old soul – a fact that shines in my writing. The pieces I craft aim to uplift, inform, and otherwise motivate my readers.
Each week, I find myself grasping at the memories of my childhood, youth, and present life. These stories and lessons are formed into articles. My ideas stem from the world around me, from personal conflicts, discussions, and rousing accomplishments. I also draw inspiration from my surroundings – Michigan is truly a breathtaking backyard for any creative mind!
Along with my website, I am also working on a nonfiction book. I’ve also got a half-written YA fiction novel that was, sadly, put on the backburner about a year ago. I’m hoping to get back to it soon.
I aim to motivate and inspire. I write to keep the light on; to help ensure those who need it receive the words they need to keep going. But most of all, I write to help me. After all, what are we as writers if we aren’t in some way helping ourselves out of a rut too dense to describe?
I love the written word. The thought of crafting the perfect piece to uplift another soul – well, that’s an indescribable high worth experiencing. The power of language knows no bounds. Without words, I’m not sure what else I’d do with the spare time I’m granted.
Aside from my books, I look to writing as something I couldn’t possibly give up. I never saw myself as a writer. Sure, as a kid I wrote poems and song lyrics. What child didn’t? Still, I never thought of myself as a writer until I got to college. It wasn’t until I realized that writing is a real, valid passion that I felt it to be true.
Viewing myself a writer is a freeing calling that I’m unwilling to part with. And it feels good.
I work full-time as a receptionist at a local veterinary hospital. On my time off, I write. Weekends, evenings, days off – these are the moments I cherish. And sure, I’ll admit, I get lazy. Don’t we all? Spending a night off lazing in front of the television often sounds more appealing than a date with a notebook.
Fortunately, I’ve found a way to overcome my own laziness – scheduling. Sticking to a schedule on my days off keeps me on track. I create daily to-do lists to keep my mind sharp. I’ve also found my peak time, the period wherein I operate the best. The time the writing muse is most willing to sit patiently with me as I fumble through those first hundred words of garbage. Writing between 2 and 6 p.m. works for me. During those hours, all the writing I do must be freehand; loose. My hand may cramp, but the end results are far worth the discomfort. I’m far too tempted to edit as I write that first draft if I type during that timeframe.
I keep notes in my phone and in a multitude of notebooks for future pieces. I’ve also gotten into the habit of writing topics and outlines on post-it notes at work. More than once I’ve come home to find an excess of notes in the pockets of my scrubs. My laptop is riddled with unfinished pieces, articles almost completed, short stories, and quotes I plan to eventually put towards my website.
Suffice it to say – I need a block of time to be truly creative. But coming up with ideas, well, sometimes when I need to write an article in X amount of time, those post-it notes come in handy!
Shelby Berzley is an Upper Peninsula native with an English degree and a fierce love for the written word. While working full-time, she tends to her website and works on branching out into the freelancing world. A coffee enthusiast with a novel – or two – half-written and a passion for personal growth, Shelby intends to publish her first novel soon. She lives with her developer husband and vocal, polydactyl cat.